Dental Bridges: 3 Candidacy Questions & Answers

If you’re missing just a tooth or a few teeth, you may figure that you’re going to end up with a dental bridge. This sounds good to you, so your initial instinct is to head to our Austin, MN practice to announce that you’re ready for one! However, when you take a step back, you may realize you don’t really know anything about bridges (except that they offer replacement for partial tooth loss). The result? You worry: Will you qualify? What happens if you don’t? The questions continue. For answers specific to your smile, come in! For now, a quick review.

#1: Am I A Good Candidate For A Bridge?

We are pleased to explain that it’s very easy to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge or not. Candidacy relies primarily on the number of teeth lost and the order in which they are missing … and sometimes, just a bit to do with the health of your remaining teeth. Of course, for a final answer on anything involving dental care, you should always schedule a dental visit with us for further details. With that said, let’s go ahead and cover the basics:

  • Qualifying for a bridge will always mean that you are missing one to three teeth.
  • Qualifying for this prosthetic will always mean that unless you are just missing one tooth, your two or three teeth are all missing in a side-by-side fashion (with no teeth separating the open spaces).
  • Becoming a candidate may also mean that you need healthy “abutment” or anchor teeth over which we can securely place the bridge. Otherwise, this may not be a good fit for your smile.

#2: Am I A Good Candidate For Implant Support?

You may wish to select a dental bridge that is supported by implants, rather than your teeth. Generally speaking, candidacy relies on a healthy grin and a solid, healthy jawbone. Find out more when you see us!

#3: What If I’m Not A Candidate?

Maybe you have discovered you’re not a candidate for a traditionally supported dental bridge. If this is the case, you still have all other remaining options at your disposal (traditional or implant-supported partials, dentures, and implants and crowns). If you discover you don’t qualify for implants, there are often ways to restore your smile so you do. Learn more by visiting with our team!

Replace Teeth With Personalized Care

Take into account the fact that there is a solution for your tooth loss that suits your needs with beautiful results! You may discover what that option includes by visiting our team for care tailored to your smile. Schedule a visit with our Austin, MN practice today by contacting Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic today at 507-437-6312 to schedule your care.